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Chicagoland Librarians Have Beaucoup Tech Support This Fall

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 18, 2005 - 8:41pm

Although the sweltering temps in Chicago this summer at ALA Annual weren't at all comforting, Chicagoland offers librarians oh-so many comforts (meaning the M-W Online definition of 2comfort [noun]: "strengthening aid, assistance, support") this autumn.
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Librarian’s Reading List: The Future of Music

Submitted by Michael Stephens on October 18, 2005 - 9:53am

Michael Stephens Head ShotExploring the Future of Digital Entertainment

This will be the first of a few posts about books that have rocked my world in the last few months that I would suggest to all librarians who want to understand our current and future technology landscape.

“The best selling CD of 2004 was BLANK."

I'm still reeling from Apple's big announcement about downloadable video last week while I was in London for the Internet Librarian International conference. Thanks to my colleagues who texted the news to my Treo! This is a perfect segue to a post I've been pondering about a book that has really inspired me.
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The Katrina Chronicles, Part 1: Overall Tech Assessment

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on October 17, 2005 - 9:04am

Karen Schneider Head This is the first part in a series of postings about libraries and Katrina. After this post, I'm going to look close up at libraries that were affected by Katrina—either directly, such as the libraries in Mississippi and Louisiana damaged or closed by the storms and flooding, or indirectly, such as the libraries that increased or changed services in response to the sudden "Katrina Diaspora" that swept our country. I have some stories that will confirm your belief in libraries.

But for this post, I'm concentrating on the mile-high view of technology responses to Katrina, and from that perspective, the assessment is often an A for effort, but sometimes a C or lower for outcome. Read More »


Time-Shifted Video for the Masses

Submitted by Jenny Levine on October 12, 2005 - 2:02pm

So the much-anticipated announcement was even bigger than expected. A video iPod—but just as important is the announcement of new content for the iPod (it's amazing how Apple continues to build exclusive content to drive its hardware business). iTunes 6 will incorporate music videos, video podcasts. and even television episodes (2,000 videos on day one!), so you know movies aren't far behind.

Disney, ABC & Apple Announce Deal to Sell TV Shows Online; Hits to Include 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Lost' and 'That's So Raven' Read More »


The Hollywood Librarian Needs You

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on October 11, 2005 - 1:53pm

"This film will increase the public's awareness of the complex and democratic nature of librarianship in the age of technology, and be a step toward librarians redefining themselves as not only more than a stereotype, but also as a cultural imperative."—The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society Web Site
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Hello, Library (1.0) World!

Submitted by Jenny Levine on October 10, 2005 - 9:41am

My name is Jenny Levine, and I run The Shifted Librarian blog. I'm a little late to the party, but I'm thrilled to be a contributor to this blog along with such esteemed colleagues! Some of the themes I plan to discuss here include audio ebooks, the Millennial/Gamer generation and their impact on libraries, and what Michael has already referred to as Web 2.0 (which Michael Casey has extended to "Library 2.0"). Read More »

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The Yahouyhnhnms Are Coming

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 7, 2005 - 4:26pm

There are so many organizations involved—ten at the time of the initial press release—in the Open Content Alliance that it's difficult to tell how each organization will be involved. At the very least, Yahoo probably will be a major financial backer and a major (if not the primary) distributor of the content. One way to understand the OCA is as Yahoo's response to the Google Library Project. Read More »

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Fit to Print: What to Do with Printed Books?

Submitted by Tom Peters on October 3, 2005 - 10:50am

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Today's announcement of yet another massive digitization project for printed books, the Open Content Alliance involving Yahoo!, the Internet Archive, the University of California, the University of Toronto, U.K. and European Archives, and others, coupled with last week's announcement of an initial preview of the used book market by the Book Industry Study Group, has me wondering: If libraries as a group exhibit markedly accelerated deaccession activities for their printed materials in the next few years (that's a big unknown if), what are they going to do with all those surplus printed copies? Read More »

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The Return of the Librarians

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on September 30, 2005 - 4:36pm

I found my way to San Jose, and I just finished up the opening session here at LITA. Roy Tennant's session, "Googlezon Episode IV: Return of the Librarians," was certainly memorable. Of course, the content of his session was engaging (he began with a cool little PowerPoint presentation that jocularly—or maybe not—predicts the merger of Google and Amazon in the not-so-distant future). But not too long after Mr. Tennant pointed out the beautiful, and very LARGE, glass-blown chandeliers fixed to the ballroom-ceiling above us here in Earthquake Country, an "evacuate" alarm sent us out of the building. False alarm, thank goodness, but still a memorable way to begin. Read More »

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Web 2.0 for Librarians

Submitted by Michael Stephens on September 29, 2005 - 8:17am

Michael Stephens Head ShotI mentioned in my introductory post last week that I would be writing about Web 2.0. A good starting point, then, would be some definition. The cool thing is, many librarians are already actively using the tools of Web 2.0!

Wikipedia defines Web 2.0 as “Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of Web sites to a full-fledged computing platform serving Web applications, like Gmail, to end users. The proponents of this thinking expect that ultimately Web 2.0 services will replace desktop computing applications for many purposes."
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